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The Power of Portfolios in a Digital World

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 116

Explore and create: Exploratory Creation lab
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Hauppauge High School
Joanne Seale is a high school ELA teacher with 20+ years experience in the Hauppauge UFSD located on Long Island. Teaching Inclusion classes as well as college-level classes including AP Literature and IB Language and Literature, Joanne has incorporated educational technology tools into her classroom throughout her entire career. She is a Google Certified Trainer, Wakelet Ambassador, EdPuzzle Coach and Screencastify Genius. She has presented at a variety of conferences both face-to-face and virtually on best practices in the classroom toward innovative ways to approach blended learning, research and writing instruction.

Session description

Digital portfolios allow students to showcase their work while empowering them to define and craft their own work product. Focusing on student voice and choice, this workshop will discuss the pedagogy behind digital portfolios and some of the platforms to use, including Wakelet, Book Creator and Google Sites.

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this presentation is to introduce to attendees the impact portfolios can have in the classroom as a way to engage student voice, choice and agency in their learning.

Attendees will be able to:
* investigate the multiple ways incorporating portfolios can empower students
* explore a variety of tools to create portfolios including Wakelet, Book Creator and Google Sites
* introduce portfolios to their students upon return to classrooms
* prepare / curate models for classroom use

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5-8 min:
Importance of portfolios in classroom - include polling audience
15 min:
Overview of Wakelet as a portfolio tool
Display student models
Workshop time to explore tool
15 min:
Overview of Book Creator as a portfolio tool
Display student models
Workshop time to explore tool
15 min:
Overview of Google Sites as a portfolio tool
Display student models
Workshop time to explore tool
2 min:

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Supporting research

Getting Started with Student Portfolio Projects

Seven Important Questions Before Implementing Student Portfolios

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Session specifications

Creativity & curation tools
Grade level:
Skill level:
Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Attendee devices:
Devices useful
Attendee device specification:
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Participant accounts, software and other materials:
Google Workspace for Education
ISTE Standards:
For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
  • Manage the use of technology and student learning strategies in digital platforms, virtual environments, hands-on makerspaces or in the field.
  • Model and nurture creativity and creative expression to communicate ideas, knowledge or connections.
Related exhibitors:
Book Creator